Thursday, June 9, 2011

Millionaire Toffee Bars

I was watching Food Network the other day---big surprise, right? I saw a recipe for Millionaire Shortbread, so.... I put my own spin on it and have made it 3 times since then! It's a huge hit at Ross' office, too! I mean, layers of shortbread, homemade caramel, chocolate and toffee! What's not to love!?!?!

You need:

Shortbread layer-
1 cup all purpose flour
1 stick butter, cut into small pieces
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt

Caramel layer:
1 tbsp butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 bag milk chocolate chips
1/2 bag heath toffee crumbles

Make it:

-Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour a 9x9 baking dish VERY WELL.

-In your food processor, combine flour, salt and sugar. Pulse to mix it. Add in butter and mix until it all comes together.

-Press into your buttered baking dish and bake until slightly golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. It will vary because of oven temps. You do not want to over cook this.

-Take out of the oven and let cool completely.

-Once the shortbread is cooled, you can make the caramel layer. In a sauce pan, melt one tbsp butter. Pour in your can of sweetened condensed milk and stir, stir, stir over medium heat. Stir and stir some more, until it thickens up and turns caramel colored. This will about about 15-20 minutes of lovin'.

-Pour your caramel over the cooled shortbread and smooth out as well as you can. Lick the spoon...and the pan...and the fingers...but wait until it's cooled or you will burn your tongue...and hand...and fingers...

-Let caramel cool at room temp until firm.

-Melt your chocolate chips in the microwave on half heat. Be careful not to burn it. I stir mine every 30 seconds. Or, if you're super-fancy-Paula-Dean-style, you can always use a double boiler. Whatev.

-Pour the chocolatey goodness over the caramel and sprinkle with toffee bits. Lightly press the toffee into the chocolate.

-Let it cool in the fridge until the chocolate is firm...not hard...just firm. Take them out and cut. You can put them back in the fridge now if you want, or you can park it in front of the tv, watch some more Food Network and eat the whole dish...up to you!

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